Saturday, December 21, 2019

Holiday Traditions


It’s a key player in almost every family and on almost every holiday.

When we lived our sticks and bricks life, the holidays meant it was time to haul out the holly, and lights, and tinsel, and tree, and…well, you get the picture.

Outdoor lights were hung, the wreath on the front door, the multi-piece manger carefully placed, and the 7-foot tall tree decorated all on Thanksgiving weekend.

Oh, and Black Friday was, and is, not one of our traditions. Tried it once about 20 years ago…so not worth it.

And food…well, let’s just say more than enough for Cox’s Army, even when times were tough. Turkey and trimmings, pies, fudge, party mix, and several kinds of cookies (and lots of them).

Even after the kids were grown and it’s just the two of us.

And always a night or two of driving around to check out different neighborhoods and their Christmas light displays.

Well, now that we’re full-time RVers, traditions have changed a bit to fit our current season of life.

Our 7-foot tree and half dozen large totes of Christmas dΓ©cor have become a 2-foot tree and a couple of plastic shoeboxes.

Thanksgiving dinner has become Marie Callenders turkey dinner… tastes good, minimal prep and cleanup, and we don’t overeat with it. (Although I admit, I do miss the leftovers). Christmas we grill a couple of steaks.

I haven’t baked years now. I don’t need it, and Chris can’t eat it…soooo… why bother.

Our kids now carry on those traditions with their families, right down to some of the same recipes. And we are starting some new, and simpler traditions for ourselves..

We still put up some lights out side. Since we are “stationary” for the holidays, it’s fun to do. And instead of decorating the entire living room, the dashboard becomes the home of our little tree and one-piece Nativity.

We check to see what some of the local festivities are. In our current winter base of Crystal Beach, Texas, they have started an annual Christmas Festival. The first one was this year and they combined it with the lighting of the community Christmas Tree.

Last year we checked out Dickens on the Strand. We enjoyed it so much, we went again this year, and plan on going anytime were here.

This year, we added another new one. Instead of driving around and attempting to find neighborhood Christmas light displays, we went to Moody Gardens to check out the ice sculpture exhibit (Ice Land) and their mile-long Festival of Lights. Looks like we’ll be adding the Festival of Lights to our traditions!

You can check out our Holiday playlist on YouTube for a glimpse of some these events. Here's one of the videos:

So while some traditions remain the same, it’s a simpler life now and we’re able to focus more on the “why” of the holiday season instead of the “what”.

We hope your holidays are all the you hope for as you remember the “why”.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Route 66-Conoco Tower

Route 66

It’s iconic Americana at it’s best. As we made a trek to OR in 2018, we decided to travel part of the Mother Road and enjoy what we could. Things like the Conoco Tower in Shamrock, TX that we feature in this video. This time, we were traveling under a deadline…so we missed a few things.

Okay, a lot of things. But we’ll do a few videos showing what we did get to see and yes, we are planning to get back.

In the meantime, we’ll be catching up on our backlog of footage, and will share a few more peeks from places along Route 66.

Safe travels, and as we go, maybe we’ll see you on the road.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall River Balloon Festival

Up, up and away...yet safely on the ground.

Our schedules and weather aligned this year, and we were able to take in the Fall River Balloon Festival Night Glow. Join us as we go watch these amazing hot air balloons light up the night!

To learn about the Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit

We hope you enjoy this peek at the Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival. Safe travels to you, and who knows. As we go, maybe we'll see you on the road.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Texas Ferry Boats

Free ferry boat ride? Yes please!
If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you can tell we love riding the Texas ferry boats…a lot.
And not just because it’s the best way to go from Bolivar to Galveston or that it’s free. (And free is good, right?)

It’s also just fun. (although some of the locals may disagree on that point πŸ˜‰)
After all, we could just drive an hour or so up to Beaumont for some shopping or things to do. Or we can drive 15 minutes and take a free boat ride for 20 minutes and head into Galveston. You can easily tell what we choose.

There’s always something different to see. The different sea birds are fun to watch. The marine traffic is always changing. The weather is always unique each trip.

Thanks for “sailing along with us, and “As We Go”, maybe we’ll see you on the road! Safe travels!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Ringgold Depot

Ringgold Depot. Civil War. Great Train Chase. Battle of Ringgold Gap.

A lot of history in a small town in GA.

Hope you enjoy this little “scratch on the surface” of the history here!

Safe travels! And who knows, "As We Go", maybe we'll see you on the road!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Lake Lure Boat Tour

We love boat rides. Even sight-seeing ones.

The ride on Lake Lure in NC was a delightful trip made better by spending time with our long-time friends, Pat and Jim. (Pat was my Maid of Honor a long time ago). Nothing like checking out things with the locals!

 We ended our day in the town of Chimney Rock. Hope you enjoy this little peek!

More info:
Lake Lure Boat Tours:
Chimney Rock State Park:
Chimney Rock Village:

Monday, August 26, 2019

More Than Mayberry

Mount Airy, NC is more than Mayberry.

We sort of stumbled on it as we were making our back to SD for our work camping commitment. Mount Airy was, as we paced our travel, the next stop. And what a fun stop it proved to be! Since we only had one day, we were limited in what we could see and so decided to focus on the Andy Griffith Museum.

It was a fun, and interesting visit. Reasonably priced. Full of memorabilia ranging from Andy’s growing up years to his success as an actor. Yup, small town boy makes good.

And there lots of cool behind the scenes stuff, like scripts, sketches, etc.

The visitor center was super helpful, make sure you stop there first. And parking was free.
Yes. Free

We’ll need to get back up there someday. They have a vibrant arts community and so much more.

Besides, we still want a ride in that squad car πŸ˜‰

For more info on the museum:
Where we stayed:

Monday, August 19, 2019

RV Quick Tip-Galley Cupboard

RV's, galleys and falling glasses. What's an RVer to do? Here's something we came up with that may prove useful.

Safe travels! And "As We Go", maybe we'll see you on the road!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Civil War-Corinth and Shiloh

It was a cold, rainy day when we visited two Civil War Battlefields…Corinth, MS and Shiloh, TN. Appropriate weather for a sobering experience. It certainly gives us a perspective we didn’t experience in our high school history class!

I hope you get a chance to explore some of these sites. It’s totally worth the trip!
To learn more about the Shiloh and Corinth Battlefields, visit:

Safe travels, and as we go, maybe we’ll see you on the road

Monday, August 5, 2019

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Thought you might enjoy a peek at one aspect of our work camping gig here at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary...and that's the tours.

Watch the video all the way through so you catch a glimpse of private tours...and some babies!

Learn more about the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary at:

And as we go, maybe we'll see you on the road! Safe travels!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Museum of the Fur Trade

Located on the site of an old fur trading post just 3 miles east side of Chadron Nebraska, the Museum of the Fur Trade offers a fascinating look at the history of fur trading.

They have artifacts and displays that she some insight to the history of fur trading in North America, the old sod trading post and more. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area!

And who knows? As we go, maybe we'll see you on the road! Safe travels!

More info:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Petroleum Museum

You never know what gems you'll discover in your travels. And don't let "industry themed/sponsored" museums deter you. Face it, with a name like this...we might have skipped it altogether.

However, it was the only place in Midland, TX we could find an overnight stop (Thank you Harvest Hosts!) and while it's right on top of the Interstate, it had more than a vintage oil well to look at.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum has a wide range of exhibits and experiences that give a great look at the past,, present and future of energy development. Even if learning about the oil industry is not your cup of (Texas) tea, they also have some incredible minerals on display, an art gallery, and don't miss out on seeing the vintage Chaparral cars.

To learn more about the museum visit:

Take care, and who knows…As We Go, maybe we’ll see you on the road! Safe travels!

Friday, May 31, 2019

RV Quick Tip-Fairgrounds

Do you camp at fairgrounds?

Part of the fun, and challenge, of our full-time RV lifestyle…where to camp.

Long-term is not the big challenge. After all, when one is work camping, that solves where to stay during peak travel season 😊

But when traveling to get to a specific location, we sometimes need a place for just one night. We use a couple of apps to find places, like Passport America, Allstays, and RV Parky.

Now, we do know that boondocking, blacktop surfing, wallydocking and other dry camping options are out there, but sometimes, you (well, we) need to have our electricity going. And we have found a little utilized location that seems to work well, especially if you want/need electric hookups.
State and county fairgrounds.

Many of them will allow you to camp there, and have at least electric hookups available. Some even have full hookups! Sites are anywhere from grass to gravel but tend to be fairly level. And they are less than your traditional RV park.

The catch…if they have a major event going on (like the fair itself or a rodeo), you may not be able to stay there.

But we’ve had good experiences with fairgrounds so far.
Hope you found this helpful!
Take care, and who knows…As We Go, maybe we’ll see you on the road! Safe travels!

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

Flying Tigers
And so much more.

We discovered this gem of a museum as we made our way through Louisiana. Located by the Monroe Airport it offers and amazing, and personal look at the life and times of General Chennault as well as a broad spectrum of American Service members from the Civil War and more. How much was there? Well, we didn't see it all as we had to get back on the road, and we were there most of the morning!

Hope you enjoy this quick peek.
And here’s the link to the museum for more info:

Friday, May 17, 2019

Arizona Capitol Museum and Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaz

We’re always looking for free things to do, because free is good, right? Right. And in Phoenix we found a couple of gems.

The Arizona Capitol Museum has a great display of Arizona history and artifacts from the USS Arizona…and even some Legos!

Arizona Capitol Museum 

The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza has over 29 monuments honoring those who have served in different wars. The centerpiece is the tribute to the USS Arizona, featuring her signal mast and one of her anchors. A very moving display.

Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza

Know before you go:
Parking is free. Park in the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza off street parking lot. 

Take care, and who knows…As We Go, maybe we’ll see you on the road! Safe travels!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

RV Quick Tips-Fridge door

Fridge Doors.

They don't always stay closed, do they?

Kitchen Towel to the rescue! Here's what I came up with one day after the fridge decided to pop it's door open while we were underway.

Don't worry. No groceries were harmed, but we learned we needed a way to secure the door.
Hope you find this quick tip helpful!

Take care, and As We Go, maybe we'll see you on the road!

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment

Battle of San Jacinto reenactors
representing the Mexican Army
You’re invited to join us as we go take in a celebration of a pivotal point in Texas, and U.S. History…the Battle of San Jacinto. Hope you enjoy our brief look at this event.

Every April in Houston, Texans (and others) gather at the San Jacinto Monument for a one-day event that commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto.

Like any festival, the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment; there’s a variety of performers, vendors, food trucks and to this is added a variety of reenactors, displays and more. Check out our video below!

Now, I know we didn’t see it all…and this was my first outing shooting video with the GoPro, so it was a learning curve…painful at that…unfortunately I missed some great audio moments because of how the GoPro works. Ah well, just chalk it up to learning! (Note to self...turn GoPro on at side main button, THEN use the capture button on top to stop and start video!)

Here’s just a few of the 60+ Festival and Reenactor groups and vendors we saw:

  • Texas Naval Squadron
  • Sons of the Republic
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • Texas Camel Connection
  • Black Beaver, Delaware Blanket Trader
  • North Harris County Dulcimers
  • HSPVA Mariachi Los Pasajeros
  • Fred Rusk & the Zydeco Hi-Steppers

Hope you enjoy our brief look at San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment. If you want to learn more, just check the links below!

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Memphis on the Fly

March of the Peabody Ducks

 When you only have one day to visit a city and a limited budget, you pick and choose carefully the bits and pieces you’ll visit. So, I hopped online and searched for “free things to do in Memphis TN”.
And there were a lot more than just two or three options. We opted to focus on three.

We chose to see the March of Ducks at the Peabody Hotel (which we were barely in time for…next time we’ll get in early enough to score a ground floor seat!) In 1935, Author David Cohn said “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel….if you stand near its fountain the middle of the lobby, where the ducks waddle and turtles drowse, you will see everybody who is anybody in the Delta”

A quiet day on Beale Street
Then we walked over to Beale Street…after all, we are in Memphis. And you could tell it was the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, in the middle of non-tourist season. Several places were closed until evening, but you can sure tell that then,  hopping with nightlife!

We wrapped everything up with a stop at the Memphis Bass Pro Pyramid. Wow is all I can say…massive outdoor store, complete with duck pond, aquarium, alligator tank (all living!) in addition to the typical (and extensive) taxidermy displays and outdoor gear. To top it off, literally, they have an elevator that will take you to the top of the Pyramid for a grand view of Memphis and the Mississippi. Bonus for RVers, they do allow a free overnight stay in the parking lot. Check in with them. Not an RVer? The Bass Pro Pyrmaid also houses a hotel in addition to a bowling alley, arcade, and more.

Enjoy the video!

To learn more about the Peabody Hotel and the Peabody Ducks, visit:

For more about Beale Street, visit:

Additional information on Bass Pro Memphis:

Acoustic Blues by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Texas City Museum

We spent some time at the Texas City Museum during their Maritime Exhibition.

With several special exhibits and presenters, we saw and learned a lot…and had some fun too. (Links are below for more information, and yes, I probably missed a few!)

As a bonus, the second floor of the museum is home to the Galveston County Model Railroad Club. All I can say is Wow…incredible attention to detain in some of those setups. The main model railroad displays are only open on Saturdays, but they do have some exhibits available on the balcony.

Hope you enjoy our video!

Here’s the links I mentioned…AS you can see...we have a lot more to check out as we go about in Texas!

Music Clips from YouTube Audio Library:
Lightning Bugs by Geographer
Reuben’s Train by Nat Keefe with The Bow Ties

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse sits on a
bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean
In May of 2018, we drove up part of the Oregon coast and camped just outside of Florence. While there, we visited Heceta Head Lighthouse.

Construction began in 1892, and in March of 1894 it began operations, utilizing a 392-prism, first order Fresnel lens. It is now the brightest beacon on the Oregon coast. Its light can be seen over 20 miles away.

Hope you enjoy our video!

To learn more about Heceta Head Lighthouse, check out the following links:

Bed and Breakfast info:

Filmed with GoPro5 Black. Still photos Nikon 5000.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Galveston Naval Museum-USS Stewart

USS Stewart
We’re back at the Galveston Naval Museum, this time to climb aboard the DE-238, the USS Stewart, a WW2 destroyer escort.
Built in Houston Texas, the USS Stewart had a minimum crew of 209 sailors consisting of 8 officers and 201 Enlisted men and was considered “state of the art” at the time.

The Stewart has 30+ missions across the North Atlantic to her record. But that’s not all…she escorted President Roosevelt on a mission across the Atlantic, earning her the title of The President’s Escort.

The “history lesson” we caught was presented by author and Retired Navy Master Chief, Master Diver Ross Garcia who serves as Ship Superintendent for the Galveston Naval Museum in Galveston, Texas. His book, “View through a Faceplate Window” is available at Amazon and through the Galveston Naval Museum.

Part of the fun of the RV lifestyle are the new friends we make as we go. Friends like Tom and Stacie. We’re very happy to give them a shout out on our channel. The have a terrific website and YouTube Channel, so check them out! You’ll fine them at or YouTube at

Hope you enjoyed this brief tour (we were on board for over 2 hours!). If you want to learn more about the Galveston Naval Museum and the USS Stewart, visit

Know before you go:
The museum is located on Pelican Island at Seawolf Park. There is a charge for parking in addition to museum admission.
Wear appropriate footwear…decks and stars can be slippery if wet.
Watch your head in the hatches. (Yes, I learned that the hard way πŸ˜‰)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Galveston Naval Museum-The Cavalla

Chris with Tom and Stacie on the deck
of the USS Cavalla
 Galveston’s Museum Day in January was a lot of fun, made more so by connecting with RV friends Tom and Stacie (RV Texas Y’all)

We met them for lunch after we toured the Galveston Railroad Museum and from there made our way to the Galveston Naval Museum (formerly the American Undersea Warfare Center).

Here you get sort of a two-fer-one on museums as two WW 2 vessels call the Galveston Naval Museum home.

Sailors bunked with the did some of the
Chief Petty Officers
The first one we toured was the USS Cavalla, a submarine. She served in WW 2 and has been called the "Avenger of Pearl Harbor". On her maiden patrol, the Cavalla sank the Japanese Aircraft Carrier, Shokaku, a veteran of the Pearl Harbor attack.

She was also tagged with the nick name Lucky Lady as she was commissioned on February 29, 1944, a Leap Year

Making our way through the engine room
It was surprising to see how much could be contained in such a compact space…makes our RV feel spacious by comparison. They also had Big Band music playing in the background...a nice accent to the period posters and information that was throughout the vessel.

Oh, and later on that day, we learned the top deck is currently (and appropriately named) Purpleheart wood. Her teakwood decking is currently in storage awaiting restoration.

If you get to Galveston, we recommend a visit…it’s an interesting slice of American history! We'll be launching a video on the USS Stewart soon!

If you want to learn more about Tom, Stacie and RV Texas Y’all, visit: or catch them on YouTube at

To learn more about the Galveston Naval Museum, visit

Know before you go:
The museum is located on Pelican Island at Seawolf Park. There is a charge for parking in addition to museum admission.

There is a small gift shop on site as well, and Seawolf Park has picnic tables, playgrounds and fishing areas

Friday, February 22, 2019

Galveston Railroad Museum

Back in January, Galveston had a Museum Day…get in for free or greatly discounted rates at about a dozen museums and galleries.

Yup. We took advantage of that.

Ah, but so many museums, and so little time.

Sorry, I digress. Our first stop was the Galveston Railroad Museum, and surely 2 hours would be enough time since their website suggested 1 hour.


There were several exhibits we didn’t have time to see, indoors and out! So we focused on some of the rolling stock. Some. There are over 40 pieces of rolling stock!  Oh, and rolling stock means engines, cars and cabooses.

We didn't even get to the indoor exhibits!

Yup, we’ll be going back.

Hope you enjoy the video,

You can learn more about the Galveston Railroad Museum at:

If you go:

Parking is free with admission.

The short train ride is an additional ticket, but very reasonable. Currently it’s only on Saturdays. If you ask, you might get to ride with the engineer. (Not available to children due to the noise)

Allow plenty of time. We were there for 2 hours and it wasn’t enough…at least, not for us. There is an outdoor refreshment/lunch counter, and the prices looked reasonable. There were a few tables and chairs.

Directions and parking info here:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

RV Quick Tip - Valve Extenders

We all know it's important to check our tires and tire pressure before we head out, right? 

But did you know about Valve Extenders? 

We woke up one morning to a flat tire and had to call road side assistance. 

Here's a video about what we learned. And we're thankful we were sitting in an RV park when we learned it!